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Used Electric Forklifts

Electric lift trucks are available in two styles: three-wheel and four-wheel. Electric forklifts have a tight turning radius making it an ideal forklift for small aisles. Both run by electric motor, leaving warehouses emission free, exhaust free, and noise free. Made for indoor use, these cushion tire forklifts are quiet and less expensive to run than internal combustion forklifts. Fewer moving parts and no engine means less maintenance and less cost. They are one of the most cost-effective options as electric forklifts can charge at charging stations and electricity is far less expensive than propane costs and they don’t need constant replacement of oil, coolant, and fuel.

Used Toyota Electric Forklift
Used Toyota Electric Forklift
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  • Eco-Friendly
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About Electric Forklift

The three-wheel electric forklift has a single drive wheel located in the rear center of the forklift. The front wheel drives the forklift while the rear wheel steers and turns the lift. The smaller frame and chassis provides a quick turning radius.

A four-wheel electric forklift can travel longer distances than a three-wheel forklift. It can turn tight corners and travel in small spaces. Four-wheel electric forklifts have four wheels and provide larger lift capacities than the three-wheel truck.

If you do not see the used forklift you are looking for, call us. ASI is part of a national network of new and used forklift dealers. We can find the right truck for your application.

The following are some helpful Tips to Consider When buying a Used Forklift. Forklifts are a vital piece of equipment used for the movement of inventory in manufacturing and warehouse settings. Used forklifts are available with dozens of options and accessories that are required to perform various material handling functions. This guide will help you determine what style is right for your specific application. The main aspects to consider are: the maximum size and weight of the heaviest load and average load, the height the product needs to be lifted, whether it is for outside or inside use, and the aisle dimensions.

Forklifts are categorized based off of several factors, with weight capacity being one of the most important. Small capacity three-wheel forklifts can hold up to 1,500 lbs., while heavy duty four-wheelers can hold up to 30,000 lbs. It is recommended that you choose a forklift capacity that exceeds your maximum load weight. This will ensure you are never stuck in a situation where the load is compromising the lift.

Another factor to consider when deciding on a used forklift is how high the product needs to be lifted. The lift height needs to be the height of the top of the deck you are looking to store the pallet on plus an additional 6 inches. The extra 6 inches is to ensure you can lift product off of the shelving or racking. The width between each of your aisles must also be considered when choosing a used forklift. A standard forklift will require a width of approximately 12 feet or more. For aisles that are narrower, a narrow aisle forklift is required, which can maneuver through widths of only 8 feet. There are also very narrow aisle lifts for aisles that are as little as 6 feet.

All used electric forklifts are tested, inspected, cleaned, and given a fresh coat of paint before shipping to ensure that only the highest quality used equipment reaches our customers. Contact a member of our sales team to learn more about our current inventory of electric forklifts, as well as our full selection of lift equipment. 

Advantages of Electric Forklifts

Electric forklifts offer numerous benefits compared to other types of forklifts, including:

  • Environmental friendliness: Electric forklifts produce zero emissions, making them an environmentally friendly option. They do not emit harmful pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, which makes them ideal for indoor use.
  • Quiet operation: Electric forklifts operate more quietly than other types of forklifts, which can be beneficial in noise-sensitive environments.
  • Low operating costs: Electric forklifts have lower operating costs than other types of forklifts, such as diesel or propane forklifts. Electricity is often cheaper than fuel, and electric forklifts require less maintenance.
  • Better maneuverability: Electric forklifts are easier to maneuver than other types of forklifts due to their smaller size and more precise controls.
  • Improved operator comfort: Electric forklifts are known for their smooth, vibration-free operation, which can improve operator comfort and reduce fatigue.
  • Electric forklifts offer a low-cost, environmentally friendly, and efficient option for warehouses that need reliable material handling equipment. They are also ideal for indoor use, noise-sensitive environments, and applications that require precise maneuverability.

Electric Forklifts Applications

Electric forklifts are widely used in a variety of industries and applications, including:

  • Warehousing and distribution: Electric forklifts are ideal for indoor use and are commonly used in warehousing and distribution facilities to move and stack pallets of goods.
  • Manufacturing: Electric forklifts are often used in manufacturing facilities for handling raw materials, finished products, and moving materials throughout the production process.
  • Retail and wholesale: Electric forklifts are used in retail and wholesale settings for handling products and supplies, such as pallets and boxes.
  • Agriculture: Electric forklifts are also used in agriculture for handling and moving heavy loads, such as hay bales and farm equipment.
  • Construction: Electric forklifts can be used in construction sites for transporting materials, such as lumber, concrete, and steel beams.
  • Ports and airports: Electric forklifts are also used in ports and airports for handling cargo, such as shipping containers and baggage.

Electric Forklifts Manufacturers

  • Toyota Material Handling
  • Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.
  • Mitsubishi Logisnext Co., Ltd.
  • Raymond Corporation
  • Nissan Forklift Corporation

Electric Forklifts are Also Known As

  • Battery-powered forklifts
  • Electric-powered lift trucks
  • Zero-emissions forklifts
  • Eco-friendly forklifts
  • AC-powered forklifts
  • Electric pallet jacks
  • Electric narrow-aisle forklifts
  • Electric order pickers

Electric Forklifts Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does an electric forklift work?
A:An electric forklift uses an electric motor and battery to power the wheels and hydraulic systems that lift and lower the forks. The operator controls the machine using a set of hand controls that adjust the direction and speed of movement.

Q: What is the battery life of an electric forklift?
A: The battery life of an electric forklift can vary depending on the model and manufacturer. Typical battery life ranges from 6 to 8 hours, with some models offering up to 12 hours of continuous use on a single charge.

Q: How do you maintain an electric forklift battery?
A: Maintenance of an electric forklift battery typically involves regular charging, watering, and cleaning. It is important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for battery maintenance and replacement.

Q: Can an electric forklift be used outdoors?
A: Yes, electric forklifts can be used outdoors on a variety of surfaces, including concrete, asphalt, and even uneven or rough terrain. However, they may not be suitable for use in wet or damp conditions.

Q: What are some safety considerations when using an electric forklift?
A: Safety considerations when using an electric forklift include ensuring the battery is properly charged and maintained, following safe operating procedures, inspecting the machine regularly for damage or wear, and providing proper training and certification for operators.

Q: What is the cost of an electric forklift?
A: The cost of an electric forklift can vary depending on the model, weight capacity, features, and manufacturer. Prices typically range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.